Who Are We To Worship?
WHO ARE WE TO WORSHIP?
Jesus addresses that issue a number of times, at least once in each of the Gospels and in the Book of the Revelation.
In John Chapter 4 Jesus was speaking to the women at the well and the topic of worship came up. Jesus tells her where to worship and who to worship… John 4:21-23 NKJV, “ Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.”
Jesus speaking to the woman in verse 21 says the place of worship is not restricted to that mountain or Jerusalem, and the object of worship is to be the Father, Yahoveh who the Jews worship. In verse 22, with the personal pronoun ‘we’ Jesus included himself, among the Jews, who worship the Father (Yahoveh). Then he adds, ‘salvation is of the Jews’. One could easily conclude that if one wants to be saved they must worship the Father as the Jews do. In verse 23 he says that ‘true worshipers’ worship the Father in ‘spirit and truth’. These are the worshipers who the Father wants and seeks after. That’s why He sent Jesus, to draw the lost into being worshipers of Yahoveh God. (As the Prodigal son came back to the father to honor and serve him).
Jesus worshiped the Father, who was his God, the same God and Father of the disciples. John 20:17, “Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ ”
Matthew 4:10, Luke 4:8, “Then Jesus said … For it is written, ‘You shall worship Yahoveh your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ” In this verse Jesus eliminates himself as an object of worship and tells us to worship and serve ‘Yahoveh’ only. ‘Worship’ is putting Yahoveh first as our first love and our supreme authority. The Biblical word ‘serve’ has to do with our actions in the act of worship: lighting candles, sacrifices, confession, bowing, singing, praising, dancing, etc. Those acts of ‘service’ are to be done for Yahoveh only, according to Jesus.
It’s pretty clear that Jesus believed that Yahoveh was the one true God, and he wasn’t shy about saying so; John 17:3, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” And not only did he say the Father was the only true God, he said knowing that is an issue that involves the receiving of ‘eternal life’.
What did Jesus believe about God? Mark 12:28-29, “Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?”
Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.”
Jesus was asked about the ‘first’ commandment. ‘First’ means, first in priority or first in importance. What did Jesus say? “Hear, O Israel, Yahoveh God, Yahoveh is one”. Jesus believed what the Jews believed back then and still believe today, he said there is one God and God is Yahoveh, and Yahoveh God is one, not three. And that agrees perfectly with the First Commandment (Exodus 20:2-3), “I am Yahoveh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me.” Jesus reminds us that we are to worship no God except Yahoveh, and Yahoveh is not a Trinity.
John 14:1, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.“ Jesus distinguishes himself from God, with many statements like this. This is plain enough for a child to understand, yet the blind church hasn’t grasped it because they are more intent on adhering to their ancient doctrines creeds than Biblical truth.
Now knowing all of this, it should be clear why Jesus told John not to worship him. Revelation 22:8-9, “Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things.
9 Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” After seeing everything that Jesus had to show him, John was in a state of awe, shock, and confusion fell down to worship at the ‘feet of the angel who showed me these things.” The Greek word ‘angel’ simply means messenger. And we know from Revelation 1:1 that Jesus was the ‘messenger’ who was given the Revelation to show John. And the phrase ‘fellow servant and of your brethren the prophets’, can not be referring to a heavenly angelic angel with wings. That phrase is from a passage in Deuteronomy 18:18-19, which Acts 3:22 and 7:37 both clearly say that it is speaking about Jesus. And the phrase “and of those who keep the words of the book’, is simply referring to the ‘Jews’, the only people on earth who lived according to the ‘book’. Jesus is clearly saying , ‘don’t worship me, I am a fellow Jew, a prophet of God’ but instead, “worship God”. But the church reject this interpretation because it conflicts with their ancient man made Nicene Creed supporting the un-Biblical doctrine of the Trinity.
It seems clear that Revelation 22:8-9 was placed in the last book of the Bible, the Book of the Revelation, as instruction and a final warning for all the Christian community which was convinced and deceived into worshiping Jesus as God. God, in his last message to mankind, gave us one last and final warning. We better take heed. Worshiping Jesus is breaking the 1st Commandment. Five verses later, in Revelation 22:14, God tells us that it’s only those who keep the Commandments of God that will be allowed into the New Jerusalem and eat from the Tree of Life. While some translation of Revelation 22:14 use the phrase ‘wash their robes’ in place of ‘do the Commandment of God’, when you study them, you will discover they have the same meaning. In Revelation 22:15 all of those who didn't keep the Commandments of God where taken outside the city an stoned with 'fire and brimstone'.
There are only two objects of worship in the Book of Revelation, God (referred to as 'Him', a singular personal pronoun), and the Beast (through his image).
When reading John’s writings it is important to remember Deuteronomy 18:18-19, which Jesus made reference to in John 5:46. We read Yahoveh’s words as written by Moses in Deuteronomy 18:18-19, “I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.” Yahoveh said he would raise up a prophet to speak His word with His authority. Acts 3:22 and Acts 7:37 both say that Jesus was that prophet. Jesus himself said he spoke the Father’s words with the Father’s authority. (John 12:49, 14:10). So when John wrote the ‘Word became flesh’, this is what he was talking about, Deuteronomy 18:18-19. So while Jesus himself is not God, his words are from God, as though God speaks them. When Jesus speaks, it is God speaking. When Jesus said that he is the ‘Bread of Life’, it’s because he is speaking God’s word which is also referred to as the ‘bread of life'. When Jesus said he is the 'light of the word’ it’s because God’s word is the ‘light of the world’ and he speaks that word. When Jesus said ‘I am the gate’, it’s God’s word that is the gate and the way to paradise. When Jesus said, ‘I am Good Shepherd’, the ‘Resurrection and life’, the “way, truth and the life”, and the ‘vine’, these metaphors are all references to God’s word. Jesus was all of these because he was God’s word in the flesh. So we don’t worship Jesus, we worship Him who begot Jesus and gave Jesus the words to speak. That’s why Jesus is called a prophet in the Scriptures; Deuteronomy 18:18-19, Matthew 13:57, 14:5, 21:11, 23:37, Mark 6:4, Luke 1:76, 4:24, 7:16, 24:19, John 4:19, 4:44, 6:14, 7:40, Acts 3:22, 7:37, plus others.
In spite of these clear and plain messages from Jesus, those in the leadership of the Christian church still claim that Jesus is God equal to the Father. Even though in John 14:28 Jesus said the Father, who 'begot' him, is greater than he. It’s strange that Christians claim Jesus is God but they don’t obey him. If they did they would be keeping God’s ‘law and prophets’ and worship Yahoveh alone. But they set Jesus’ law abiding teachings aside to accept Paul’s lawless teachings, even though Jesus said he is to be our only teacher, and by keeping his words we will receive eternal life, and by his words we will be judged.
At one time, being a Christian, meant keeping the ‘law and the prophets’ and to worship the God the Jews worshiped (Yahoveh). We read this confession of faith by Paul, Acts 24:14, “But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect, so I worship the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Law and in the Prophets.” But today, a person is not even considered to be a Christian if they don’t reject Jesus' command (Matthew 4:10) and instead worship the Trinity. And a person is considered wrong, and legalistic, or a heretic for keeping the ‘law and the prophets’ as Jesus commanded (Matthew 5:17-20). If you want to honor Jesus, obey him, that's the greatest honor you can give him. If you don't obey him, there is no amount of singing, praising or prayers that will please him - they are all done in vain.
So who are we to worship? It’s pretty clear that we are to worship Yahoveh alone, just as Jesus told us to. Any other object of worship is wrong and violates the First Commandment and well as Jesus' instructions.
This whole idea that Jesus is God, and part of a Trinity is found nowhere in the Scriptures and it is the reason why the Muslim world despises Christians, and it's why there is a great religious divide between Christians and Jews. The doctrine of the Trinity has to be the teaching of the Beast, it has been the cause of wars and tens of millions of deaths.
LINK BETWEEN THE TRINITY WORSHIP AND LAWLESSNESS
The Christian Church which worship the Trinity is closely linked to lawlessness. 'Lawlessness', again, doesn't mean completely evil, it means the rejecting of one or more of God's commandments, or law. And when a law is rejected, breaking it is no longer considered sin, and there will therefore be no saving repentance.
The lawlessness of the Christian Church is generally based on a lawless interpretation, and in some cases misinterpretation, of Paul's writings.
(Even though Paul himself did not believe in a Trinity, some of Paul's writings are used to develop the concept of the Trinity idea. Explained in my book, Restoring Lost Truths).
Why do Trinity worshipers reject some, or all, of God's laws? First, you can't keep the First Commandment (Exodus 20:2-3) and worship the Trinity. The First commandment flatly states that there is one God, Yahoveh. So the First Commandments is completely incompatible with the worship of a Trinity. Also Jesus rose from the dead on Sunday, so they attempt to honor Jesus by worshiping on Sunday - ignoring God's 4th Commandment to keep the Sabbath day holy. And then, when they assume that Jesus was God, so dying on the cross and raising from the dead, they can then credit Jesus with abolishing his law or 'fulfilling' his law. As 'God' he would have the authority to do that, but as a servant of God or 'prophet of God' he could not do that. Coupled with the idea that if he is God and that he is so full of love and grace, that there is no way 'that God' will condemn them for breaking God's law, if they 'love him' (emotional love) and 'believe in him' (mental assent).
But like Jesus told the Pharisees (John 5), 'if you believed Moses, you would believe me'. Moses wrote (Deuteronomy 18:18-19) that Jesus was a 'Prophet' of God, speaking God's words with God's authority. The Pharisees didn't believe that Jesus was a prophet of God and they reject his words. And the Christian church doesn't believe that Jesus is a 'Prophet' of God', speaking God's words with God's authority. If they did, they'd be keeping the 'Law and prophets' (Matthew 5:17-20) and worshiping Yahoveh alone (Matthew 4:10, Mark 12:28-29) as Jesus commanded.
In worshiping Jesus as God they actually dishonor Jesus, and Yahoveh, by their disobedience to their words and commands.